Last April, one of my college friends Mitch Alvarez tagged me in a Facebook post by Ms Nikka Sarthou-Lainez who is looking for contributors who are interested in sharing travel tips for international and domestic destinations of Cebu Pacific Air. Ms. Nikka is a Contributing Editor for Smile Magazine, the in-flight magazine of CebuPac.
I was looking for travel inspirations across the internet when I stumbled upon a quotation by Ernest Hemingway. He said “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love”. But what if, you get a chance to travel with people you do not know? Will you grab the chance? It was a particularly hard question to answer. I always get the notion that traveling with strangers is such a bad idea. What are you going to talk about? What if you don’t have the same wavelength? There are just too many questions that need answers, but you will never know the answers until you try.
Rambuttri House – April 11-14, 2014
As a person used to DIY trips, I was very anxious about the hotels that Travel Factor booked for us. I know that most of the time we will be staying out and touring but where we will be staying afterwards is equally important to me. People I bring whenever I travel can attest to how meticulous I am when it comes to hotels/hostels/guesthouses. I am always in charge of searching for our accommodations and I always make sure that I get the best for very reasonable rates – Yiu Fai and River City Inn, to name a few.
So yeah, apologies to TF and Tikoy for the emails and phone calls. Haha! Ang kulit ko ba? We just wanted to see the hotels and the location so we can plan our free time well – transportation, shopping, meals :).
Here’s my short review of Rambuttri House, one of the four hotels we stayed in during our Indochina adventure.
“May ten minutes pa sya”, Kat said. I felt sick the moment I woke up. The room was clean, I saw my clothes still hanging beside the window. It was 3AM, “Shet nakakalat pa mga damit ko”. I jumped out of my bed and fixed my stuff. I immediately took a bath after fixing everything. We went to the nearest 7-11 and bought water and lunch. At 3:45, people are starting to go down the lobby. We met the others and exchanged names, had a little chat and waited for the van. At 4:30 in the morning, our van left Rambuttri House, it is goodbye then, the short three days in Thailand was one of the craziest I had.
Having a good night sleep can change how your mind works. It was 7AM, we walked outside. My voice echoed in the deserted corridor, we went inside the lift and went down. The road was wet, we saw trails from last night’s party. We walked to the nearest McDonald’s-turned-beauty-parlor to have breakfast. Upon entering, I immediately looked for seats. The entire place was occupied by women (maybe not, I was not sure) doing make ups and dressing up for what I reckon, a parade or such. We ordered food and ate in a nook. It was still quiet outside. As we went outside, people are starting to go out. Maybe Songkran is about to begin. Before heading to the hotel, we stopped by a 7-11 store to buy water and some snacks. Water is outrageously cheap in Bangkok, we bought three 2L water for just about 30baht.
At half past five, we were already awake. I have never felt a very relaxing two and a half hour sleep in three years. The first thing that came to me was: Who is Golden? (Just kidding!). I was looking for hot water so I can have coffee. And that frustrated me for more than a week until finally having a coffee, IN VIETNAM! You see the time frame? You do the math. Anyway, Tikoy told us to be downstairs before 7AM, all done with shower and breakfast.
Few minutes and we’re off. The street was quiet, contrary to what we’ve seen the past night. Little did we know that it will be just hours away until the street we traversed will be full of people armed with giant water guns targeting people crossing the street. We stopped by a money changer at Khao San Road but it was still closed. We carried on with our walk until we reached a huge grassland overlooking the Grand Palace Complex. We had some photos taken–solo pics, and a mandatory group shot.
The big question: How much I spent?
Php44,000 including all tours, transportation, hotels, meals, airfare, taxes and PASALUBONG! 😀